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The Oklahoma Health Center Fast Facts

The Oklahoma Health Center (OHC) is the epicenter of research, health care, education, technology and community services organizations which exists nowhere else in the state of Oklahoma.

  • This 325-acre complex is located just south of the state Capitol and east of downtown Oklahoma City, a few blocks from the heart of the Central Business District and close to the Bricktown area.
  • The Oklahoma Health Center Foundation (OHCF) consists of 21 member organizations ranging from cutting-edge biotechnology companies to government, education, patient care and community support institutions.
  • The campus represent a $3 billion capital investment.
  • As a whole, the OHC represents the second largest concentration of employees in Oklahoma--more than 17,500--and is larger than a number of Oklahoma communities.
  • A recent study showed the annual economic impact of this complex on the local community is $1.7 billion.
  • The Oklahoma Health Center was founded in 1965 by a small group of Oklahoma City businessmen including Stanton L. Young, Dean A. McGee, Harvey Everest, E.K. Gaylord and Don O’Donoghue. It is patterned after the Texas Medical Center in Houston.
  • The 27 acres between N.E. 4 and N.E. 8 and Centennial Expressway to Lincoln Boulevard are designated as grounds of the University of Oklahoma Research Park. This $100 million Research Park is the biotechnology transfer center for the state and includes five buildings with a parking structure under construction. Currently, 49 companies are housed at the Research Park with more than 1,000 employees.
  • Biotechnology transfer brings the discoveries of Oklahoma scientists to the commercial arena for use by the worldwide health community. Housed in the OU Research Park, these emerging and growing companies are creating high tech jobs for Oklahoma City and Oklahoma.
  • Whether its doctors teaching, scientists conducting bench research studies or other health professionals working hand in hand, the energy produced from interaction within Oklahoma Health Center organizations culminates in cutting-edge health care for Oklahoma and the nation.
  • Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center - a $120 million Cancer Center opened in 2011.
  • The Oklahoma Legislature approved $9 million to start development on a comprehensive, world-class diabetes center at the OU Health Sciences Center - Harold Hamm Diabetes Center.
  • Oklahoma Health Center Expansion Plans - $420 million is currently under construction. Over the next three years, projects estimated at more than $600 will begin. In the next 15 years, 300 acres south of the campus will be developed.

Oklahoma Health Center Foundation Member Organizations:

A great benefit of the Oklahoma Health Center is its ability to pool the finest in medicine, research, education and technology into cutting-edge health care for Oklahomans and the world. Whether a practicing physician teaches, a research scientist's work is applied to patient care, or a new product helps to diagnose, the interactive disciplines within the Oklahoma Health Center complex create a dynamic environment for health.


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